Friday 3 August 2012

Wojdan Shahrkhani piece of Olympic history #London2012

It may have only lasted 82 seconds but in the first round bout of the women's +78kg judo a little bit of history was made this morning.

Shahrkhani at opening ceremony
Wearing a tight fitting black cap rather than a loose fitting head scarf Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani stepped unto one of the two competition tatami to make a piece of history. The 18-year-old was the first female Olympian to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Unfortunately  she lost to an Ippon, landing firmly on her back, from a throw from Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica. 

However, I do hope to see her again in Rio in four years time, along with more female competitors from her nation.

Heaven knows what Andrew Brown from the Telegraph will make of this liberating moment of Olympic history, but take a look at what Caron has made of his comments on women's judo in general.

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